Meet Our Instructors

Tahir Ahmad – Lead Instructor & Team Thunder Member

Defence Lab ‘Franchisee of the Year 2017’, owner of the largest Defence Lab franchise globally and being one of only two members in the whole world of the elite ‘Thunder Team’ within Defence Lab, martial arts has always been Tahir’s passion. At the age of 11, he started his martial arts journey like most people did back then with Karate and quickly became to be known in his school as the ‘Karate Kid’. However, he eventually came to the realisation that the real purpose of learning a martial art was not for a belt or some ego trip but in fact to learn how to effectively defend oneself and one’s loved ones. So without any hesitation and just before achieving his black belt, he left Karate in search for something more street effective.

Looking into and trying various other styles, his search eventually led him to ‘Defence Lab’ and being so impressed by its teachings, he knew that he had finally found what he was after for all these years. So much was his belief in this new and ever evolving fighting method that he even decided to leave his consultancy business to become a full-time Lead Instructor for ‘Defence Lab’.

Tahir has many years of experience teaching adults and children, as well as on a 1-2-1 basis. Although he has refused to be held back by out-dated techniques and has always been quick to adopt the best practices of the time, yet he still holds onto the traditional values of honesty, loyalty, integrity, discipline and strength of character, all of which he aims to pass onto each one of his students. By nature he is very friendly and out-going, who makes his students feel extremely welcome and ‘part of the family’ (so to speak). He is able to have a laugh and hold fun and enjoyable classes whilst at the same time not losing the seriousness of what is being taught.

Tahir genuinely believes that the progression of each student is a reflection of him as an Instructor and so he has a genuine desire to help each student achieve their personal goals. However, this is not to say that the student will not have to do their part. Persistence, effort and the desire to improve must come from within the student……bring these to the class, and you will not only achieve your personal goals, but you will certainly go beyond.

Welcome to the family of ‘Defence Lab’!

Farhaj Malik – Instructor & Team Storm Member

More than any other sport or activity it was always martial arts that attracted Farhaj. His martial arts journey began at an early age of 7, first with Judo, then Boxing and various other traditional and modern styles with the aim of trying to include and cover as many aspects and angles of self-defence.
Still searching for a system that answered all of his questions, he was eventually introduced to Defence Lab and it was an instant realisation to have finally found his answer. All aspects of self-defence in real life scenarios were covered including multiple attacker scenarios. He was so impressed that he switched from the dental industry into becoming a fulltime instructor for Defence Lab.
Farhaj has a sound ability to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds, thereby helping individuals to meet their needs according to their situation.

Mansoor Ahmad – Instructor

Like most martial artists Mansoor started his journey early, at the age of around 9 with Karate. He practiced this art for a number of years but after witnessing a few school yard scraps and being in a small one himself he found that it hadn’t given him the results he desired. Disillusioned he turned away…

It was years later and only after almost being caught up in an assault at a tube station that Mansoor came to the realisation that he needed to learn how to defend himself. So he approached Defence Lab Lead Instructor Tahir Ahmad who was at the time proficient in a number of martial arts. After training with Tahir in these styles Mansoor inevitably joined him on his journey for a street effective martial art and came upon Defence Lab. This is where he felt “at home” with a martial art that dealt with multiple opponents, multiple levels and one that was living, breathing & constantly evolving!

Mansoor is an experienced teacher who is very approachable and who also possesses a great sense of humour. Therefore his classes are both informative and fun at the same time.

In addition to this, Mansoor has a background in psychology and more specifically in the psychology of organisations and work. He has worked with, designed and run training/development workshops for a number of companies – ranging from large multi-nationals to small charities. All this adds to his skills as a Defence Lab Instructor!

Tehseen Ahmad – Instructor

We are proud to have Tehseen as the youngest ever Instructor in the history of Defence Lab, worldwide, at the age of only 15 years. A special exception was made by Defence Lab Founder, Andy Norman, due to Tehseen being able to demonstrate excellent physical skills as well as teaching skills.

Tehseen started his martial arts journey with his father from a very early age with Thai-boxing and a bit of grappling. However, he moved into Defence Lab as soon as Tahir became a DL Instructor.

Tehseen has picked up his father’s style of teaching, having shadowed Tahir from the very beginning. He is incredibly out-going and friendly with both kids and adults thoroughly enjoying his company. Despite his young age, he is highly respected by all students and is able to successfully run classes for all age groups.

Tehseen is definitely a ‘Super’ Defence Lab Instructor in the making!

Jacob Gouws – CIT (undertaking ‘Certified Instructor Training’)

Jacob is from South Africa and has always had a passion for martial arts, starting in Wing Tsun kung fu at the age of 16.

Since moving to the U.K his training was on and off as he was always looking for something effective and that made more sense to him. When finally coming across Defence lab, he was very impressed, so much so that he saw a future in the art and immediately applied to become an Instructor under Tahir Ahmad.

Jacob is now going through the Certified Instructor Training (CIT) program and hopes to become a fully qualified Instructor, hence fulfilling his dream of having a successful career in teaching what he is passionate about and helping others in the process.

Photos at the November 2017 Defence Lab Conference with DL Founder Andy Norman and DL Crew members.


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